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Searching for multiple filenames in Bridge

New Here ,
Sep 18, 2019 Sep 18, 2019

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Hi, hopefully this isn't a duplicated request somewhere, but I'm looking to search for multiple filenames in Bridge. I have 100's of files to browse through, and have a list of filenames to search for, but can't see how to enter this data to search.

 

I was hoping to search in Bridge with 'Filename' and a list pasted in the Enter Text file, but it doesn't appear to work.


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Community Expert , Nov 14, 2022 Nov 14, 2022

November 2022 update:

I have added a beta feature to my finished MultiSearch Plus script which searches for a list of terms and saves the results to a new collection. This works in Bridge 2022 and Bridge 2023 but the list of collections doesn't refresh in Bridge 2023 unless you manually close and reopen the Collections panel.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/mg817g9a9ymbasi/AADTmXUVxmFfM58bcyYE7yiwa?dl=0

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Sep 18, 2019 Sep 18, 2019

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Bridge doesn't have an interface to search for multiple items. That would require scripting.

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New Here ,
Sep 18, 2019 Sep 18, 2019

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Thanks for your reply, at least I know, would be handy, wouldn't it!

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Community Expert ,
Sep 19, 2019 Sep 19, 2019

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I did some hacking to see if this was possible and came up with a developmental script. I'll probably add it to my Utility Script Pack once I get it tested and polished a bit more. Please note that this is a test version and may have bugs!

 

Save the script below as a ".jsx" file (PLAIN TEXT, not RTF) and put it in Bridge Startup Scripts. Quit and relaunch Bridge.

It takes a plain text file of search terms, one per line, and creates a new collection of found files.

 

Open the top-level folder you want to search and select Tools->qsTest. Let it run until the last item in your list is onscreen (it may take a while.)

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#target bridge
var qsTest1menu = MenuElement.create('command', 'qsTest', 'at the end of Tools');

qsTest1menu.onSelect = function(){
qsTest1();
}

qsTest1 = function(){
try{
var resultsF = app.document.thumbnail;
var thumbs = null;
var term = [];
var i = 0;
termFile = new File('~/Desktop').openDlg('Select Search Terms File', '*.txt');
if(termFile != null){
termFile.open('r');
var termLine = termFile.readln();
while(termLine != ''){
term[i] = termLine;
termLine = termFile.readln();
i = i + 1;
}
termFile.close();
}
else{
return;
}
var collName = Window.prompt('Please name the results collection.');
if(collName == '' || collName == null){
return;
}
var colls = app.getCollections();
for(var j = 0; j < colls.length; j++){
if(colls[j].name == collName){
app.deleteCollection(colls[j]);
break;
}
}
var qsColl = app.createCollection(collName);
var qsearch = new QuickSearch('');
qsearch.setSearchMethod('bridge');
for(var k = 0; k < term.length; k++){
qsearch.searchString(term[k]);
resultsF = app.document.thumbnail;
thumbs = resultsF.children;
app.addCollectionMember(qsColl, thumbs);
}
}
catch(e){
alert(e + e.line);
}
}

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Community Expert ,
Oct 03, 2019 Oct 03, 2019

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Great job Lumigraphics!

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Community Expert ,
Sep 29, 2020 Sep 29, 2020

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I actually have a finished version of this script called MultiSearch Plus that works great.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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Thanks. 

This is insane how bad Adobe is with that kind of stuff. Lightroom has that function, how hard can it be to implement it?   

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People's Champ ,
Oct 27, 2020 Oct 27, 2020

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Its not a question of how hard, its question as to whether Adobe wants to use resources on a function that will not make them any money.

Thank goodness we have people like Lumagraphics here.

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Explorer ,
Feb 16, 2021 Feb 16, 2021

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please add support for Bridge 2021

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Community Expert ,
Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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My script works in Bridge 2021.

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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the script returns only the last image in the list. although Multi Search Plus normally moves through the list

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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It only finds one search term at a time. I just tested on Windows 10 Pro and its working correctly.

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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qsTest? 

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Community Expert ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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Use my release script MultiSearchPlus, not the one in this forum.

Adobe Scripts

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 25, 2021 Feb 25, 2021

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Is there a way to utilize the MultiSearchPlus script in the same fashion as your 'qsTest' script? What I mean is, to search and store the files that were in the Search Term File within a new Collection everytime. It was extremely efficient for collecting specific files which we then added keywords to.

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Feb 25, 2021 Feb 25, 2021

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The finished script would have to be rewritten to save results to a collection. I don't currently have time to do so but they are released under the Apache license so feel free to modify them if you want.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 26, 2021 Feb 26, 2021

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Not a problem, just making sure I didn't miss out on a feature! I appreciate the plugin nontheless.

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 28, 2021 Sep 28, 2021

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Moein5E23_0-1632845548530.png

dosent work for me 

my bridge its 2021 on Win 10

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Community Expert ,
Sep 28, 2021 Sep 28, 2021

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If you read the help file, you'll see that you drag the entire Utility Pack folder into Startup Scripts. You cannot install just one script as it will not work.

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New Here ,
Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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any version that works in adobe bridge cc 2018?

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Apr 21, 2021 Apr 21, 2021

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Support for Bridge 2018 is limited, is out of date and scripting has a lot of bugs that were fixed in newer versions.

Having said that, MultiSearch Plus works fine in Bridge 2018 (just tested on Windows 10.)

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Apr 22, 2021 Apr 22, 2021

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I have tried on macosx. unfortunately did not work 😕 script loads failed.

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Apr 22, 2021 Apr 22, 2021

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What version of macOS?

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New Here ,
Apr 18, 2022 Apr 18, 2022

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Using the MultiSearch Plus script on macOS High Sierra and Bridge CS6 appears a text error like: ReferenceError: QuickSearch does not have a construction 54

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Apr 18, 2022 Apr 18, 2022

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I do not have CS6 and have not tested on anything that old. Adobe has added new features along the way and its not surprising that some of my scripts don't work on older versions.

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